SsangYong unveils Tivoli, it's first global compact SUV

Seoul, 13 January 2015: SsangYong Motor Company launched it's Tivoli compact SUV in Seoul, South Korea after four years of research & development.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group (Extreme Left), Yoo-Il Lee, CEO, SsangYong Motor Company (third from left), Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. & Chairman, SsangYong Motor Company (Extreme Right ) at the launch of SsanYong Tivoli in Seoul
The Tivoli is SsangYong’s first ever compact SUV and powered by a 1.6L engine. Competitively priced at Korean Won: 16.3 million (approx. INR 9.31 lacs) for the TX (M/T) version; 17.9 million (approx. INR 10.22 lac) for the TX (A/T) version; 19.9 million (approx. INR 11.36 lacs) for the VX version and 22.2~23.7 million (approx. INR 12.68 to 13.53 lacs) for the LX version, it is set to be a game changer in its segment.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, who was at the launch said, “The Tivoli marks a significant new milestone in the growing partnership between Mahindra and SsangYong. This new SUV epitomizes the spirit of ‘Korea Can Do’ and reflects Ssangyong’s rich legacy of innovation in product development. We are confident that the Tivoli is poised to drive SsangYong’s growth in the future”.

Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, M&M Ltd, said, “The launch of Tivoli marks a significant milestone as this is the first all new product post SsangYong’s association with Mahindra. It is a proud moment in our journey together which has been one of mutual admiration, respect and learning. I am sure that with the launch of Tivoli, SsangYong will straddle the entire product spectrum in the SUV segment with diverse offerings at distinctive price points and value”.

With an increasing number of global consumers favouring compact SUVs that offer high performance, great fuel economy, practicality and price competitiveness, SsangYong plans to tap into this segment with its new model in order to strengthen its position as a leading SUV manufacturer.

Tivoli blends youth, energy and robustness in its overall design, making it an aspirational 1st SUV for the urban young. 'Urban Dynamic Style' and 'Rhythmical Motion' are some of the underlying characteristics of the design philosophy. The dual-tone body and roof options give it a differentiated and personalized appeal, which has eluded the segment so far.

The interior pursues the concept of 'Compact Deluxe Style' that creates smart and practical space and lends a distinct feel of a modern, luxury lounge. It is a futuristic SUV, which uses the theme of 'Moving IT Space' through bar-type switches and expanded use of touch screen controllers, which analyze user behavior. It excellent passenger convenience and storage with an overall width of 1.795 mm (widest in the class), roomy two-row cabin maximizing riding comfort, and 423L (largest in the class) of storage. To put things in perspective, the Tivoli is the only car in its segment that can carry up to three golf bags.

The full-flat folding second-row seats, not seen in compact sedans yet, is an added advantage for flexibility. The interior comes in three colors: black, beige, and red; and they blends beautifully with the sporty D-cut steering wheel, a standard feature. Semi-bucket seats while quilt stitch design  provides comfort, exclusivity and luxury.

The Tivoli’s powertrain is the efficient and reliable e-XGi 160, a new engine developed over a period of three years, delivers 126 PS of maximum power and a maximum torque of 16.0 kg·m. Combined fuel economy is 12.0 km/l for the A/T version and 12.3 km/l for the M/T variant.

Safety features include 10 major areas that use ultra-high-strength materials, manufactured by the hot press forming process. The materials are two times stronger (1500Mpa) than the usual UHSS (600Mpa), therefore minimizing the possibility of deformation of the car body in a crash. State-of-the-art safety technologies along with seven airbags guarantee top-class safety performance.

Large-sized disc brakes are fitted to the front and rear wheels for quicker braking performance, and multiple safety features are used such as multi-functional ESP (Electronic Stability Program), TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), and LED daytime running lamps. Tivoli’s safety is proven by its near-perfect ratings in the AE-MDB (Advanced European Mobile Deformable Barrier) test.

The core of Tivoli’s infotainment system lies in maximized usage of smart devices. The HDMI connection allows passengers to enjoy clear images and sound from smart devices, on the seven-inch display screen which is connected to the rear camera. It boasts of a six-speaker sound system.

The new compact SUV is the only vehicle in the segment which offers a fully-automatic dual air-conditioning system. The AC system not only maintains the optimal temperature in the cabin, but also offers a memory function which remembers the preferred air volume, air direction, and temperature in three modes, thereby guaranteeing pleasant driving all year round.

Some first time features in the segment include the ventilated driver’s seat, heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. There is an obstacle detection system with six sensors (two in front / two at the rear) for safer parking. Finally, the luggage screen, automatic washer switch and automatic hazard lights make the car unique in its class, offering great convenience.

For more information about Tivoli, visit www.smotor.com or their official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ssangyongstory, and the microsite (www.gotivoli.com)
SsangYong unveils Tivoli, it's first global compact SUV SsangYong unveils Tivoli, it's first global compact SUV Reviewed by Sanjay Sarma on Thursday, January 15, 2015 Rating: 5

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